CAROLINABEACH — Carol Josey
Bridges, age 68, died on March
27, 2022. Carol leaves behind her husband of 45 years, Tom Bridges; her
son and daughter-in-law, Tommy and Jen Bridges; her daughter and son-in-law,
Josey and John Snyder; and grandchildren, Virginia, Jack, and Caroline Snyder.
She is preceded in death by her son, Jacob Michael Bridges; father, Henry
Albert Josey; mother, Nancy Wharton Josey; and brother, Jacob Sinkler Josey.
Carol was born in Amityville, Long Island, New York, and was delighted if
anyone asked her where she was born. She would then claim to be a “Yankee” with
mischief in her eyes. People usually looked at her questioningly since she
definitely had no New York accent. She would
then quickly add that she probably had “Yankee blood” because her mother
received a blood transfusion in the hospital. In truth, she lived there 10 days
before her family returned home. Most of her early years were spent in Danville, Virginia; Montgomery, Alabama; and Columbus, Georgia. Carol was a
life-long Methodist (mostly), the granddaughter and great-granddaughter of two
Methodist preachers, and she loved to sing. She had fond memories of her time
as a teenager and college student with The New Creation, A New Mind, and
Epworth by the Sea, formative groups and places where she sang and experienced
God’s love in community. Her favorite place at church was always choir, an
activity she and Tom enjoyed together.
She spent her working years in Charlotte, NC, where she taught
kindergarten, first, and second grade; and then retired to CarolinaBeach, where she lived 805
steps from the beach. (Yes, she counted them herself!) In her retirement, Carol
enjoyed volunteering with the FederalPointHelpCenter, Pleasure Island Sea
Turtle Project, and the Island Women Literacy Committee, where she helped bring
seven “Little Free Libraries” to the island. As a former literacy specialist,
Carol loved maintaining the Little Free Library in her yard and especially
focused on quality children’s books for the children who passed by. Carol loved
fiercely. Anyone who came into her orbit felt her genuine warmth and
generosity. She knew how to make people feel special and gave the best of
herself to her friends and family.
A service, officiated by the Rev. Shawn Blackwelder
and Gayle Tabor, will be held at St. Paul’s UnitedMethodistChurch (300 Harper Avenue, Carolina Beach, NC28428) on Friday, April 1,